Three board members from Tennis Australia have resigned as the Australian Open Grand Slam gets underway.
Janet Young and Kerryn Pratt, both former players, and Tasmanian businessman Peter Armstrong have all stepped down from their roles amid claims of a ‘revolt’, the Herald Sun reported.
The reasons behind their resignations remains confidential, and Tennis Australia is yet to release an official statement on their shock departures – which will whittle the board of directors down to just five.
It comes as the sport battles allegations of widespread corruption, with world number one Novak Djokovic admitting to being offered over $200,000 to fix a game earlier on in his career.
Kerryn Pratt (left) and Janet Young (right) both resigned as board members for Tennis Australia
Tasmanian businessman Peter Armstrong also stepped down from board of directors – slicing their numbers from eight down to five. Tennis Australia has not released a statement on their resignations yet
World No.1 Novak Djokovic (pictured) confirmed he was offered AUD$200,000 to throw a first-round match in St Petersburg almost 10 years ago
A joint BBC-BuzzFeed investigation says current and past top-50 players, including several at this month’s Australian Open, are suspected match-fixers.
The report says a strong body of evidence was behind a referral of a core group of 16 men – including grand slam winners – to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) in 2008.
No players are named in the report and none have faced sanction.
Djokovic, speaking after his first-round victory at the Australian Open, admitted he was targeted in 2007 to throw a first-round match in St Petersburg.
‘I was not approached directly. I was approached through people that were working with me at that time,’ he said.
‘Of course, we threw it away right away. It didn’t even get to me. The guy that was trying to talk to me didn’t even get to me directly. There was nothing out of it.’
Match fixing allegations were made public as players took to the court (pictured) on the first day of the Australian open at Melbourne Park